Center for Lung Biology
USA College of Medicine
Primary Mentor: Natalie Bauer, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology and Center for Lung Biology
Primary Focus: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive lung disease characterized by an elevated pulmonary artery pressure, vasoconstriction, and various degrees of vascular remodeling. Microparticles are submicron vesicles that are released by many cell types into the bloodstream. Microparticles are capable of participating in intercellular communication within the pulmonary circulation by harboring proteins, RNAs, and other factors. The goal of my research is to examine the role of circulating microparticles in the development of the vascular remodeling that is associated with PAH.